Daily Archives: September 25, 2014

Eddie Murray 1987 Donruss Opening Day

Eddie Murray 1987 Donruss Opening Day

Oh, yeah!  I love these Maroon-colored baseball cards from 1987.

The Opening Day set from Donruss was one of my favorites from the 1987 season.  I loved the thought of a set that carried this kind of theme, and I made collecting the complete set and extras for my player collections as priority back in ’87.

This is the Eddie Murray card from the set:

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As for Murray’s performance on Opening Day of ’87, Murray went 1-for-4 on the day with a single off of Rangers’ pitcher Charlie Hough.  The Orioles won the game, and their home opener, 2-1.

1975 Topps Set Card 270/660 – #15 – Jose Cardenal, Cubs

1975 Topps Set Card 270/660 – #15 – Jose Cardenal, Cubs

Progress: 270/660

Card Number:  15

Player Name:  Jose Cardenal

Team:  Chicago Cubs

Position:  Outfield

Image Style:  Posed Batting

Years In The Major Leagues:  18 seasons, 1963-80

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Jose Cardenal played in 154 games for the Chicago Cubs in 1975.  He hit .317 for the team, a career high.  Cardenal connected for 182 hits in his 154 games played.  Of his 182 hits, he hit 30 doubles and 9 home runs.  He also scored 85 runs for the club in ’75 while also driving in 68.

Notes From Career:  Jose Cardenal suited up for 9 different clubs during his 18-year big league career.  He is a lifetime .275 hitter with 1,913 career hits on his resume.  Cardenal stole 329 bases during his playing days while also scoring 936 runs.

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Did You Know…

Johnny Bench is the all-time home run hitter in Cincinnati Reds team history.  Bench connected for 389 career home runs during his Hall of Fame career, all coming as a member of the Reds.

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1955 HEADLINE: Al Kaline Becomes Youngest Player To Win Batting Crown

1955 HEADLINE: Al Kaline Becomes Youngest Player To Win Batting Crown

On this day in 1955, Detroit’s Al Kaline won the American League batting title becoming the youngest player in major league history to do so.

At the age of twenty, and in his third big league season, Kaline hit .340 as he collected 200 hits in 588 at-bats.  He also led the American League in hits that year, and in total bases as well with 321.

His efforts from the 1955 season were handsomely rewarded – 2nd place in the MVP voting and an All-Star selection!!

Happy Anniversary Mr. Kaline!!!

Jose Fernandez 2014 Topps Series 2 – All-Star Rookie Card – Gold Border Parallel

Jose Fernandez 2014 Topps Series 2 – All-Star Rookie Card – Gold Border Parallel

Would you believe that I am still actively seeking cards from this year’s Series 2 release by Topps?

Well, I am.  And there is no shame in my game.  I’m taking this one nice and slow as the journey is going to be a long one, and one that requires patience and planning.

The below card is the Gold border parallel of Jose’s All-Star Rookie card.  It is my fifth version of this card of Jose from the set, and it is limited to just 2014 copies.  Mine is stamped as 928/2014.

Wish me luck as I push forward with the hope of landing a few more from this release.

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